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Unread 04-15-2012, 01:53 AM
Question about keeping an ovary...

Hi, all -

I have a TLH/RSO scheduled for May 1st. My surgeon says that as long as my left ovary looks good, I'll get to keep it.

My right ovary is being taken because I have had two ruptured ovarian cysts that have put me in the hospital. I am concerned about keeping an ovary at ALL, as the cysts were borderline deadly for me. (I bled into my abdomen, they basically went worst-case scenario on me.)

Is it worth the risk to keep the ovary? I have never had an issue with the left side, and the surgeon said that he would take a good look at it to make sure that it is healthy. Is it true that the one ovary will keep me from going into early menopause? (I am 35) Do the benefits outweigh the potential risk? I'd appreciate any advice...I know that my surgeon has my best interest in mind, and he'll make the right decision on that day...I was just hoping for some input from those who have been there or have done the research.

One other question...is it possible to retrieve eggs from that ovary (if I get to keep it) post-hysterectomy? Has anyone done that? We don't have children, and this has all happened so quickly...I'd love to freeze some eggs to have the option still available to us.

Thanks!
Tobi
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Unread 04-15-2012, 05:03 AM
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I kept both ( April 4 hyster) With ovary removal you crash into early menopause immediately after surgery instead of gradually. Hormone Replacement Therapy has side effects and doesn't work well for everyone.There are long term health benefits to keeping even just one ovary. I am 47, so menopause is just a few years away, but my research showed that your ovaries have benefits to your health even after menopause . At age 80 ovaries are still secreting tiny amounts of hormones to help prevent osteoporosis and other things.I was so panicked due to my research that she would see something during surgery and have to remove. It was my first question when I woke up. My Doctor took pictures for me during surgery and I was ovulating and you can see eggs inside one of my ovaries. Your idea of egg harvesting is a very good idea, but you'll probably need to see a fertility specialist asap, as your regular surgeon probably doesn't specialize in this.You may need both doctors to coordinate surgery so both can do their part.Call a fertility doc asap, or at least ask your doctor about it. You don't have much time before surgery and if 2 doctors need to coordinate you may need to change your surgery date. If your doctor tells you she can't do this, that means YOUR DOCTOR doesn't know how. You need a good fertility specialist to guide you here especially with handling and storage of the eggs.I was actually going to do this but DH said No. My kids are grown, have grand kids, and we don't want any more, I just didn't like that final door being closed so came up with the egg freezing plan.FYI,, If you keep an ovary you will continue to ovulate each month ( no bleeding, but eggs still come and drop out) until menopause, therefore you can always have eggs harvested later if needed. The only draw back is in a small percentage of women that keep ovaries they die anyways and never work again.
I'd keep the one ovary if I were you and you can. In my opinion I'd rather have a second surgery at a later date to remove it if it starts causing you problems than deal with surgical menopause.Let me know what you decide and best of luck to you!
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Unread 04-15-2012, 05:11 PM
Re: Question about keeping an ovary...

This is a balancing act between the health benefits you get from estrogen from your one ovary at your age of 35 and the risks from cysts you get. This is really a good discussion to have with your doctor.

I am 47, and was 46 when I had my TAH BSO for a very large complex ovarian cyst on my left ovary. I also had numerous uterine fibroids. My gyn onc surgeon took everything as he stated that the chances of my right ovary doing the same thing within 5 years was very high. So for me, on balance, it was better to have it all out. BUT he also stated that if I was younger, he would try to save more. I don't know what "younger" meant for him.

So, please talk to your doctor and discuss the pros and cons of this decision. You need to make the right one for you.

Good luck to you.

:hugs2u:
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Unread 04-15-2012, 05:35 PM
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I'm keeping my left one as long as it looks good when she gets in there... to keep me from being thrown into menopause
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Unread 04-15-2012, 05:43 PM
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Originally Posted by cathb911 View Post
I kept both ( April 4 hyster) With ovary removal you crash into early menopause immediately after surgery instead of gradually. Hormone Replacement Therapy has side effects and doesn't work well for everyone.There are long term health benefits to keeping even just one ovary. I am 47, so menopause is just a few years away, but my research showed that your ovaries have benefits to your health even after menopause . At age 80 ovaries are still secreting tiny amounts of hormones to help prevent osteoporosis and other things.I was so panicked due to my research that she would see something during surgery and have to remove. It was my first question when I woke up. My Doctor took pictures for me during surgery and I was ovulating and you can see eggs inside one of my ovaries. Your idea of egg harvesting is a very good idea, but you'll probably need to see a fertility specialist asap, as your regular surgeon probably doesn't specialize in this.You may need both doctors to coordinate surgery so both can do their part.Call a fertility doc asap, or at least ask your doctor about it. You don't have much time before surgery and if 2 doctors need to coordinate you may need to change your surgery date. If your doctor tells you she can't do this, that means YOUR DOCTOR doesn't know how. You need a good fertility specialist to guide you here especially with handling and storage of the eggs.I was actually going to do this but DH said No. My kids are grown, have grand kids, and we don't want any more, I just didn't like that final door being closed so came up with the egg freezing plan.FYI,, If you keep an ovary you will continue to ovulate each month ( no bleeding, but eggs still come and drop out) until menopause, therefore you can always have eggs harvested later if needed. The only draw back is in a small percentage of women that keep ovaries they die anyways and never work again.
I'd keep the one ovary if I were you and you can. In my opinion I'd rather have a second surgery at a later date to remove it if it starts causing you problems than deal with surgical menopause.Let me know what you decide and best of luck to you!
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Unread 04-17-2012, 12:55 AM
Re: Question about keeping an ovary...

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Originally Posted by cathb911 View Post
I kept both ( April 4 hyster) With ovary removal you crash into early menopause immediately after surgery instead of gradually. Hormone Replacement Therapy has side effects and doesn't work well for everyone.There are long term health benefits to keeping even just one ovary. I am 47, so menopause is just a few years away, but my research showed that your ovaries have benefits to your health even after menopause . At age 80 ovaries are still secreting tiny amounts of hormones to help prevent osteoporosis and other things.I was so panicked due to my research that she would see something during surgery and have to remove. It was my first question when I woke up. My Doctor took pictures for me during surgery and I was ovulating and you can see eggs inside one of my ovaries. Your idea of egg harvesting is a very good idea, but you'll probably need to see a fertility specialist asap, as your regular surgeon probably doesn't specialize in this.You may need both doctors to coordinate surgery so both can do their part.Call a fertility doc asap, or at least ask your doctor about it. You don't have much time before surgery and if 2 doctors need to coordinate you may need to change your surgery date. If your doctor tells you she can't do this, that means YOUR DOCTOR doesn't know how. You need a good fertility specialist to guide you here especially with handling and storage of the eggs.I was actually going to do this but DH said No. My kids are grown, have grand kids, and we don't want any more, I just didn't like that final door being closed so came up with the egg freezing plan.FYI,, If you keep an ovary you will continue to ovulate each month ( no bleeding, but eggs still come and drop out) until menopause, therefore you can always have eggs harvested later if needed. The only draw back is in a small percentage of women that keep ovaries they die anyways and never work again.
I'd keep the one ovary if I were you and you can. In my opinion I'd rather have a second surgery at a later date to remove it if it starts causing you problems than deal with surgical menopause.Let me know what you decide and best of luck to you!
Thank you for this! I see both my surgeon and my primary care doctor on Wednesday, so I will ask them what they think. The surgeon really wants me to keep an ovary, and I agree...but my right is so mangled, there's no way it's staying. The left has never given me trouble, so I am crossing my fingers that it looks healthy when he goes in.

I already told my husband that I wasn't going to add the stress of trying to retrieve eggs at the same time as the surgery. If the surgeon has to take both ovaries, it was meant to be and we'll adopt when we're ready. However, if I have the option later (and I know that I will if my ovary continues to work after surgery), I'll do it at a later time. I am handing that cosmic decision over to fate, and I will be at peace with whatever happens.

(I say that now, but I am sure that I will be a panicky mess the day before!)

Thank you to everyone for your kind words and for sharing your experiences. I am so glad that I came to this site! <3
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Unread 04-17-2012, 05:57 AM
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Good luck with your surgery!!
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Unread 04-18-2012, 10:53 AM
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How do you post a new question on the forum? I am having a hard time navagating the site. I looked and looked. Thanks for any help you can give.
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Unread 04-18-2012, 11:21 AM
Re: Question about keeping an ovary...

I am in the process of considering a full hysterectomy as advised by my doctor.

My concern at 34 was being thrown into menopause and asked my doctor about keeping my right ovary. He indicated for me he recommended removal of everything.

I have a golfball size cyst on my left ovary, no problem with the right, adenomyosis and likely endometriosis. He said research has shown in most women the remaining ovary dies off within a couple of years and the risk of my right ovary developing cysts and needing another surgery outweighed the benefit of keeping it.

I initially said I wanted to wait to think about the surgical option and go back to see him in June, however, since then the pain has increased and I am now leaning toward surgery as I don't want to continue living like this long term.

I am still nervous of the prospect of early menopause and what that can do to the body, but also the fear of developing more severe health issues by leaving things as is scare me more.

I haven't had a 2nd opinion yet, so I may need to do that.
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Unread 04-18-2012, 08:29 PM
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How do you post a new question on the forum? I am having a hard time navagating the site. I looked and looked. Thanks for any help you can give.
click forum tab up top
click post op support, or pre op support, etc.
at very top left click on new topic
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